Colorado Mesa University hosts diocese’s first Awakening retreat

By Hunter Darrouzet, Colorado Mesa University Catholic campus minister
Students from the Catholic campus ministries at Colorado Mesa University, Adams State University, and Western State University met at Camp Cedaredge in Cedaredge on the last weekend in February to host and attend the first Awakening retreat in the Diocese of Pueblo. It was called Rocky Mountain Awakening #1 and 10 student-staff led 22 students in an amazing retreat based on the theme, “God will lift us up.” 

The three day retreat is based on the Cursillo retreat model, adapted for college campus ministry and led entirely by students. At least 40 colleges and universities across the country currently host Awakening retreats.

Clay McCombe, a CMU student, said, “I was greeted by strangers and left with a family. That’s the direct work of the Spirit.” Dory Stermer, from WSU, said, “I went in not knowing anyone and came out with more friends [who] are family. I can go to them with anything at anytime and they would help.” One of the leaders of the retreat, Brittany Bosshardt from CMU, said, “It was one of the greatest weeks of my life. I did things I never thought I would or could do.” Finally, Lissie Bloom from CMU, one of the coordinators of the retreat, said, “Leading the retreat was the best thing to ever happen to me. Witnessing that much love and getting to experience it was so beautiful. Just like our retreat theme promised, he lifted us up. I am humbled to have met so many beautiful souls and serve them. I will never forget what an impact God made on my life through the fellowship made that weekend.”

This retreat took nearly three years to get off the ground, but based upon the students’ responses, it will keep going for many years to come. It could not have happened without the support of the people of the Diocese of Pueblo and God’s providence. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this wonderful retreat and the growth that occurred in the students’ lives.